Speaking of Meetings

What do you get at a company that has no Marketing, Business Development, or Human Resources people?

No meetings.

The long-running tech-industry war between engineers and marketers has been ended at craigslist by the simple expedient of having no marketers. Only programmers, customer service reps, and accounting staff work at craigslist. There is no business development, no human resources, no sales. As a result, there are no meetings. The staff communicates by email and IM. This is a nice environment for employees of a certain temperament. “Not that we’re a Shangri-La or anything,” Buckmaster says, “but no technical people have ever left the company of their own accord.”

This is from an article in Wired entitled, Why Craigslist Is Such a Mess. If this appeals to you, don’t get your hopes up. They get more traffic than eBay and Amazon, but they only employ 30 people.

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